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The International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) Founding Generation Summer Internship 2021 for Undergraduates.

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Application Deadline: March 21st 2021

The International Congress of Infant Studies is rooted in the rich history of founding scholars who implemented the vision to advance science and support colleagueship in the interdisciplinary field of infant development. From its start, the congress encouraged student participation and fostered student engagement through various initiatives aimed at mentoring the next generation of scholars.

To continue the legacy of student advocacy, ICIS announces the “Founding Generation Summer Internship Program” for undergraduate students, including current graduating seniors, an initiative that both builds on prior ICIS programs and in honor of the founding generation, including Lew Lipsitt, Arnie Sameroff, Marshall Haith, Bernie Karmel, Rachel Keen (Clifton), Joseph Campos, Les Cohen, Gerry Turkewicz, Carolyn Rovee-Collier, and other.

Key Dates

Sponsor interest deadline – February 15

Sponsors listed on website -mid-February

Student application deadline – March 21

Announcement of awardees – Beginning of April

The Founding Generation Summer Internship program provides funding to qualified students who wish to conduct infancy research in the lab of a researcher for an 8-week summer period (20 hrs per week). To qualify for support, students must contact a participating ICIS faculty member (outside their home institution) to request sponsorship. Students may initiate contact with someone whose research they already know or by reviewing a description of potential hosts posted on the ICIS website (now available). (Note students are not responsible for identifying the ICIS membership status of the potential faculty sponsor; faculty sponsors will be given the chance to join ICIS if they are not already members).

Sponsoring faculty must agree to mentor the student (remotely or in person for 2021) for an 8-week period; ensure a stimulating research experience; define a project and associated tasks that will be ready for the student to begin immediately and complete during the summer internship; provide one-on-one contact with the student during weekly standing meetings; identify individuals who will train the student and regularly monitor student progress; and be an active member of ICIS (non-ICIS members may join at any time if they wish to sponsor a student). Note: Researchers who are interested in hosting a summer undergraduate are encouraged to submit their name, institution and a one-paragraph description of the planned research through the button below by February 15th.


After student-sponsor pairs have agreed on a summer project, students will submit a joint application to ICIS for summer support (see button below for application details).

Completed applications are due March 21st and awardees will be announced the first week of April.

Upon completion of the summer internship, students will present their work at an ICIS Founding Generation virtual mini-conference, attended by student awardees and hosts, Presidents of ICIS (current, past, future), and members of the founding generation. Students are also encouraged to present their work at ICIS 2022 in Ottawa, Canada, and may apply for a separate ICIS Undergraduate Travel Award to fund their travel expenses.

Official Website: ICIS Founding Generation Summer Internship 2021

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